Happy New Year and Welcome back!!!🥳
The crux of today’s write-up is centered on “true growth” and I am excited about this because it hits too close to home. That being said, kindly grab a drink and have a good read.
Truth be told, one imperative thing I have learnt overtime is the fact that true growth entails our ability to learn, unlearn and relearn. These are the 3 core essentials of growth without which a man cannot attain the upper echelons of maturity and growth.
Little wonder Alvin Toffler said “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn“
The world is evolving. Every aspect of human life is and we as human beings are meant to move with the world in order to stay relevant in our respective fields. Things are really changing from the way it used to be and we really need to strip off those old foundations off our memory in order to paint a new one. It is just life, we always need to constantly adapt to it as it is the only means of survival.
LEARNING, UNLEARNING AND RELEARNING
Learning being a vital aspect of human life cannot be overemphasized. It is equally an innate part of human experience; everything we know have all come through direct or indirect learning.
Going by the dictionary definition of Learning: it means the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience or being taught.
Relearning in simple terms means learning anew what we thought we knew before. Learning how to do old things differently.
Unlearning on the other hand is about moving away from something—letting go. It is more like stripping off an old paint to accommodate a new one. It lays the foundation for the new layer of fresh learning to be acquired and to stick.
YOU CANNOT POUR TEA INTO A FULL CUP!
The nucleus of today’s tea is keeping an open mind if we desire to learn and evolve. In the same vein, we also need to bear in mind that to evolve, we need to unlearn certain things holding us back inclusive of old habits, old ideas, old approaches amongst others. This however does not mean discarding or waving off our old experiences; all it connotes is that we are embracing new ideas and better way of approaching things.
Further, we really need to take the different opportunities coming to our doorsteps; we need to take the opportunities for change and adjust to the new normal. What I mean by this is that, wherever we find ourselves, we should not be streamlined to act in a particular way we have fashioned or better still conditioned our thoughts/minds and actions towards; we should try to be opened to new ways of doing stuffs.
Additionally, the fact that we all seek to learn at every stage of our lives cannot be overemphasized; so unlearning certain things we have been conditioned to believe in light of a new information is a necessary tool for growth.
Personally, I feel people strenuously resist any redefinition of a particular thing they are accustomed to because it shakes them to the very core of their being. Yes unlearning is quite uncomfortable; it is more or less like getting out of your comfort zone but we need to understand the fact that in order to stay impactful and relevant in this evolving world we are in, we need to keep learning, unlearning and relearning.
Learning, unlearning and relearning makes up the lifecycle and if you really want to earn a thing from life, you have to be opened towards change; chasing the unfamiliar by putting yourself in new situations regularly, only then will you see the world from a new perspective. Ditch the comfort, put yourself out there and watch it happen.
How about waking up everyday to learn something new and relearn something old? To quote Mr Darwin: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
The world is evolving and we as individuals need to embrace and adapt to every advancement in order to attain true growth and live up to our full potential.